Why Did Joker Win Only 2 Oscars?

Are you a DC fan? Did you watch Joker last year? Was it amazing? Of course, it was, wasn’t it?

Joker is a film about the antagonist of the DC comic “The Batman”. It was directed by Todd Phillips and produced by Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

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Joaquin Phoenix brilliantly portrayed the character of Joker; it would be fair to say he really dived into the skin of the character and explored the well-written character spectacularly. But why did it only receive two Oscars despite having 11 nominations? If you are also wondering about it, then join us.

Joker was released in 2019, and it is an American psychological thriller beautifully written and structured by Scott Silver and Todd Phillips. Although Phillips conceived the idea of Joker in 2016 and he wrote the screenplay in 2017 along with Silver. The two were inspired by the Martin Scorsese movie Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. It took one year to complete the writing process. With the October release, Joker became the first R-rated film to make over $1 billion worldwide.


The movie was based in 1981, the protagonist Arthur Fleck is a part-time clown and an aspiring stand-up comedian, who lives in Gotham City with his mother, Penny. Arthur has a medical disorder that causes him to laugh in inappropriate situations. On the other hand, Gotham is filled with crime and unemployment. One day Arthur is attacked by a gang of rowdies in an alley, after which his co-worker, Randall, gives him a gun for self-defence. While entertaining at a hospital for children, Arthur accidentally drops the gun from his pocket, and gets fired.This is when Arthur decides to stand up for himself.

Cast and Performance

Joaquin Phoenix played the role of the protagonist Arthur Fleck or the Joker. The character was mentally ill, and an aspiring stand-up comedian who was disregarded by society.

Phoenix studied and understands the character well. He lost around fifty pounds for the movie. It was delightful as a viewer to watch such an outstanding and neat performance.

Robert De Niro played the Murray Franklin character, who hosts a talk show.

Frances Conroy played Penny Fleck, Arthur’s physically and mentally ill mother. She was also a great performer.

Oscar Nominations and Awards

Joker got 11 nominations for the Oscars this year. It was the only movie that night which was nominated for 11 categories. The nomination categories are namely, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Original Music Score for Hildur Guonadottir, Best Picture for Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips, Best Director Todd Phillips, Best Adapted Screenplay for Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Best Cinematography for Lawrence Sher, Best Film Editing for Jeff Groth, Best Sound Editing for Alan Robert Murray, Best Sound Mixing for Tom Ozanich, Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Nicki Ledermann. However, the movie got only two Oscar Awards, one for Best Actor and other for Best Original Music Score.

But to be honest, it was widely expected, and it happened for the best.

 For the first time, a film which is not in the English language won the Oscars. We are talking about Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite”.

The evening was a tight race for Joker, because of some fantastic movies like Sam Mendes’s drama 1917, Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s gangster story ,The Irishman.

So here is why Joker received only two Oscars even after having 11 nominations. Joker is a great movie, and whether it won any awards or not, it will have a special place in our heart.

Abigail Smith is an inventive person who has been doing intensive research in particular topics and writing blogs and articles on myyellowsetup and many other related topics. He is a very knowledgeable person with lots of experience.

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